Grape: 100% Pinot Noir.
Region: France> Burgundy> Gevrey-Chambertin
Elegant, aromatic, earthy, light/medium body wine
Japanese sommelier’s journey to Burgundy The winemaker behind the Maison Lou Dumont label is Koji Nakada, a former Japanese sommelier at a French restaurant in Tokyo, who moved to Burgundy with his Korean wife Jae Hwa Park.
In 2000, they formed micro-negociant firm Maison Lou Dumont, named for their goddaughter and the mountains where they grew up. In their Gevrey-Chambertin cellar, they produce 23 wines, some of which are mentioned in the popular Japanese wine manga “Drops of God.” The Japanese characters (kanji) on the labels mean earth, sky and man, the elements Nakada sees as essential to producing wine.
What struck me about all the Maison Lou Dumont wines I tasted were their elegance, sensual aromas, delicacy and sense of terroir. Nothing is excessive or overdone, neither oak nor extraction.